The two fronts, one led by Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) that has been spearheading the protest, and the other by expelled GJM leader Binay Tamang who wants a withdrawal of the shutdown, came face to face near the Darjeeling station.
Security personnel and police had to intervene to prevent any untoward incident. A senior police official added that an object suspected to be a bomb was seen near Mirik market.
"Bomb squads have been rushed to the spot. We are looking into whether it is a bomb or something else. We have cordoned the entire area," he said.
Life, however, continued to be paralysed in other parts of the hills with shops and markets closed due to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM)-sponsored indefinite shutdown that entered its 83rd day today.
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